Turin, Italy

Population: 885,000


Turin is the capital of the Piedmont region and one of Italy’s most economically important cities. Since the 1990s it has been transforming from an automotive industrial centre into a hub for start-ups and business innovation. This led to its second place in the 2016 ‘European Capital of Innovation’ competition.


Thanks to the introduction in recent years of networks of parks, green cycling lanes, and green corridors along rivers and former-railway lines, Turin has more green space per inhabitant than any other italian city.

The Living Lab: Mirafiori Sud



Turin’s Living Lab for this project was the district of Mirafiori Sud. Located on the river Sangone, it is a former working class area with 40,000 inhabitants and various social groups.  The area has high potential for urban regeneration, with its active local associations, strong cultural heritage and abandoned industrial buildings available for new community ventures.

All schools in Mirafiori Sud were involved in testing and implementing the innovative solutions. This enabled local families and citizens to play an active role in developing their own neighbourhood.



For more details, read the summary of the Turin Living Lab:


The following overviews and factsheets provide more insights into the nature-based solutions implemented across Mirafiori Sud:

NBS 2: New soil production in Sangone Park - Overview & Factsheet

NBS 3: Didactic box gardens in schools - Overview & Factsheet

NBS 3: OrtoMobile - micro gardens in boxes - Overview & Factsheet

NBS 3: Gardens within housing - Overview & Factsheet

NBS 3: Mirafiori Castle ruins recovery & new planting - Overview & Factsheet

NBS 3: Orto Wow green square - Overview & Factsheet

NBS 3: Orti Generali community urban gardens - Overview & Factsheet

NBS 4: Aquaponic as soil-less agriculture on polluted sites - Overview & Factsheet

NBS 5: Green indoor and outdoor walls - Overview & Factsheet

NBS 5: New green roof at WOW - Overview & Factsheet

NBS 6: Green corridor + local natural heritage enhancement - Overview & Factsheet

NBS 7: Strategic public-private partnership for greening the city - Overview & Factsheet

NBS 8: Butterfly gardens for schools and disadvantaged people - Overview & Factsheet



You can also watch the video below to learn more about Turin's community-based urban farms and gardens. And watch more videos from the  Turin Living Lab here!

The map of the Living Lab:


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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 innovation action programme under grant agreement no. 776528. The sole responsibility for the content of this website lies with the proGIreg project and in no way reflects the views of the European Union.